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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

A focus rail + stacking software will help you achieve deeper depth of field. However, if you don't have a focus rail (or time to set one up), try to pick an optimal angle to capture as much of your ...
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700D live view depth of field not accurate

The camera usually keeps the aperture open as wide as possible while framing the shot. It is only closed to the setting you dialed in when the picture is being taken. This allows for a brighter ...
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Why is it called "macrofocus" and not "microfocus"?

You are correct that the term "macro" means large scale (e.g. macroeconomics), however its use in photography is relative to microphotography, that is imaging using microscopes. The tradition ...
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Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple macro depths?

Sure. There's something called a light field camera, or plenoptic camera. It captures a much lower resolution than a normal camera, but it also captures additional information that allows it to be ...
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Best way to let people know you aren't dead, just taking pictures?

While this is a rare instance of need, it's a shame there isn't a photographic equivalent of the red field with white diagonal stripe "diver down" flag, or the more internationally-...
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Turning my DSLR camera & macro lens into a microscope for endodontic treatment

what shall i do please to have high magnification inside pulp canals with high magnification more than 25x Buy a suitable microscope. No DSLR lens will provide the level of magnification you need, ...
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Canon EOS 800D vs 80D | Which one is better for macro photography?

Macro photography is all about the skill of the photographer, lenses, and lighting - in that order. Only after the former have been considered should the differences between two APS-C cameras from ...
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Best way to let people know you aren't dead, just taking pictures?

Scootbb has a great answer, but I would suggest that you have some custom shirts, hoodies or jackets made for her with wording on the back. Bonus points for you if you give them to her as a gift. On ...
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What is the relationship between focal length and minimum focus distance?

It depends entirely on how the lens was designed, there is no general formula or way of determining the minimum focus distance. Lenses of the same focal length can have completely different minimum ...
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Why can't my dSLR take close-up photos?

You are just too close to your subject. Cell phone cameras and "Point and Shoot" cameras can take photos from very close distances. DSLR cameras can not. It is actually the lens that determines how ...
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Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple macro depths?

A lens only focuses on one plane. For normal cameras / lenses the plane is parallel to the film/sensor, so only objects at a particular distance from the lens will be in perfect focus, though things ...
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Canon EOS 800D vs 80D | Which one is better for macro photography?

Macro and close-up photography require having the correct lenses. Upgrading the body won't do much good. If you don't already have suitable lenses, the money would be better spent getting one. ...
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Why we can't use telephoto lens for macro objects?

There is no direct relationship between Telephoto focal lengths and Macro capability. There are some fixed focal length prime lenses that fall into the Telephoto range in terms of focal length and ...
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What software is available for macro focus stacking?

You can also use the hugin toolset which includes the align_image_stack and enfuse tools. You may also wish to add the EnfuseGUI to cut down on the typing. Works very well Free & Open Source ...
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Why is the Tamron 90mm 2.8 marketed as Macro and not as a "portrait" lens?

Macro and portrait lenses are generally designed to do two different things that require different design characteristics. Macro lenses are designed to focus at very close distances and they ...
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Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?

You are seeing chromatic aberration — a prismatic effect which, as you nicely illustrate, reduces sharpness even in black and white photography. A lens which has greater correction for this is ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

My practical thoughts: Use a tripod Get up before your models Use a macro slider (for you configuration motorized) The technique I used in the beginning was catching the insects with a glass while ...
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Could holding my camera lenses backwards ("free-lensing") for macro photography cause damage?

Whenever you're freelensing (holding the lens against the camera, rather than securing mounting it), you do run the danger of getting stuff inside the camera body (including stray light), but as long ...
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Why doesn't the focus distance at which my lens has magnification 1 match the formula?

The equation assumes a simple single element lens that is bilaterally symmetrical. The camera lens, to mitigate the 7 major aberrations (shortcomings that degrade) is constructed using several ...
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What kind of lens to photograph a 1 mm object?

One cheap option is that you buy a reverse lens adapter. Of course, you need to take care so you do not let dust inside your camera or let the lens get scratched. You can also increase the ...
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Turning my DSLR camera & macro lens into a microscope for endodontic treatment

I am understanding several issues here. I am going to separate them and you can choose an option. The blurriness. You are actually now using a 105 mm macro lens. Assuming you know how to use it, and ...
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How can one capture gun bore shots?

I can see two possible ways this shot was done: Light was injected where the cartridge would go. We can't really see what is back there in the picture. Some LEDs could have been carefully placed ...
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Low-key photo suggestions for fish?

Ok, let us separate this into 2 parts. I. The inverse square law. In this case is the relationship between your light and your first object (1) versus the light and the background (2). The background, ...
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What techniques can I use to take "macro" photographs with a regular telephoto lens and no adapter?

Pseudo-Macro Photography with a Telephoto Lens Macro photography is one of the all-time favorite pastimes of photographers. The enlargement of the small and microscopic to huge scale, the exploration ...
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Mounting a lens in reverse: strength of the filter thread part?

Lens weight when reverse mounting is rarely an issue. The technique gives the best result with normal or slightly wide angle prime lens. These are not heavy. Mounting a telephoto lens in fact gives ...
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What is the best setup to take skulls / bones pictures?

Essentially this is product photography. I doubt bones require special treatment since they are not very specular. The easiest way it to use a light tent over a glass table with a light from below ...
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What does "magnification" mean?

At the most basic level, magnification means the size of an actual object in front of the camera compared to the size of the image of that object as projected by the lens onto the imaging plane. If ...
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Can I change the camera aperture value on my Honor 8 phone?

Camera phones don't have variable apertures (apart from a handful exceptions) because they are not designed like full sized cameras. Owing to their tiny size, decreasing thickness of phones in general ...
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Macro photo that I cannot repeat

Assumptions I think this is a combination of using digital zoom (or cropping) and flash. I don't own an iPhone SE but a Samsung S8. On a high level they have comparable cameras though. iPhone SE ...
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Variable focal length for macro lenses?

It depends on how you define fixed and variable. As you change the focus distance of many prime lenses, including some macro lenses, the actual focal length changes a little bit. Most fixed focal ...
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